The Birmingham Zoo has partnered with StrategyWise, a Birmingham-based data science firm, to create advanced algorithms to predict visitor attendance patterns. StrategyWise is working with the Zoo’s Executive Director, Dr. William Foster, and his team to identify key drivers such as rainfall, temperatures, school calendars and holidays to create predictive […]
With the growing demand for skilled professionals in data analytics and big data, Data Science is regularly described as an exciting and lucrative field; one that Harvard Business Review has called “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” Universities from coast to coast are starting courses in data analytics and there many online courses and certificate programs launching every semester. But with all this excitement, what does a data scientist do, really? As someone who teaches college students, I’ve encountered many students that enter a career field just because of the hype, yet it is a not really a good fit for them. They eventually discover the mismatch and switch out of the field.